‘Dangerous People Are Coming Here and the Good People Are Dying,’ Trump Warns in Texas Visit – The New York Times

With his immigration proposals, Mr. Castro, who has also served as mayor of San Antonio, is trying to position himself in the race for his party’s nomination as the candidate who can best combat Mr. Trump’s contentious border policies.

Supporters of Mr. Castro say his background, including his deep ties to this border state — his mother, Rosie Castro, is a civil rights activist who was among the leaders of the La Raza Unida political party — position him to address immigration issues. Some Democratic strategists also view his presence in the race, along with that of the former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, as instrumental not just in pushing immigration to the fore but also in mobilizing Latino voters in Texas and elsewhere.

“Texas is a Latino state, and we have two Texans on the ballot who are going to be turning out and galvanizing people from Texas,” said Mayra Macias, vice president of the Latino Victory Project. “But it’s also helping galvanize people, Latinos in particular, across the country because they are seeing these candidates talk about issues that affect us.”

The dual candidacies of Mr. Castro and Mr. O’Rourke are almost certain to place Texas squarely at the center of the increasingly heated immigration debate. But if immigration is at once a key campaign issue in Texas, and other states including California and Arizona, Republicans are betting that Mr. Trump’s anti-immigrant message will also resonate far from the southern border.

It was only two months ago that Mr. O’Rourke provided his own counterpoint to Mr. Trump’s border exhortations, with a rally in the border city of El Paso that coincided with one held by the president. “We are not safe because of walls but in spite of walls,” Mr. O’Rourke told supporters even as Mr. Trump was pressing to “finish the wall.”

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